Medical waste can be a big problem in home care. Properly disposing of medical waste creates a safer environment for those in the home, both home health staff, patients, and family members. When a home health company is in the home, disposal of medical waste is often handled by the company and staff. If this is not included in the home care, patients and family must take steps to dispose of medical waste in accordance with the law. Failure to follow proper disposal protocol can result in injury to a family member, sanitation worker, and costly fines.
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Transferring a patient from bed to chair or beyond can be a struggle for some aides or nurses. When a patient is able to physically help, the act is eased. But, if a patient is very heavy or unable to assist, transfers can be difficult, if not dangerous to both patient and caregiver.
When you work for a home health agency there are certain times when you might feel as if you are giving far more than the job description calls for. Most of the time clients have a clear understanding of what home health aides or nurses do, other times, not so much. Sometimes even home health staff are not very sure of what is too much!
Infection control in a private home setting can be tough. If you have just transitioned from a facility work setting to home health employer, you may have noticed things are not as stringently clean. This can be a problem when it comes to infection control, however you can take steps to keep you and your client safe from infection.
By now most people are familiar with online classified ad services like Craigslist. People can advertise things they want to sell or giveaway. There are also sections for employment. You may not be aware of the section that allows people to advertise their services. These are typically people that need work and are willing to work at a lower than industry standard.
Social media is everywhere, and people are using it to express nearly every facet of their lives. From little Bobby’s kindergarten graduation to grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe, virtually any information is available at the click of a mouse. But there are some things we just shouldn’t share, and client information is definitely at the top of the list.
Home health care workers are tasked with huge responsibilities and job burnout in the industry is dangerous. It can affect the quality of care provided and can even cause mental distress which can affect things like the administration of medication. This puts your client in danger.
A lot of attention is paid to home health care workers abusing their clients. Rarely, though, is there any media coverage or news vans sitting on front lawns when a care taker is charged with abusing their own loved ones.
The ‘War on Drugs’ can, in some instances, be considered an abysmal failure. U.S. citizens are being incarcerated for drug charges in alarming numbers. The number of citizens currently addicted to illegal narcotics is staggering. It make sense that drugs and alcohol abuse will find it’s way into the home health care system. But, what should you do if you suspect your client has a substance abuse problem?
The United States Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the Constitution. A bill of rights is defined as ‘a formal statement of fundamental rights belonging to or sought by any group.’ Many organizations, schools and companies have them to guarantee personal freedoms and to guarantee against such negative acts as discrimination. Most states have adopted policies guaranteeing these rights to medical patients to improve the quality of medical care and the home health care industry is also making some headway into adopting bills of rights. Five states in the union have already adopted official policies like these.
When mobility has been decreased due to illness, disability, or age, mobility assistance products should be considered. There are thousands of items designed for people that need a little extra help around the home and while out.
Children of elderly parents face tough choices. One of the hardest things that a child will ever do is determine whether or not their parent should live alone. As children we find that it is devastating to watch the people who cared for us become unable to perform their day to day care alone. The once strong hands tremble, the same hands that held us steady while we learned to walk, ride a bike, or swing.
Pet owners have known for centuries that a special furry companion can make a person’s quality of life much better. Pets are fun to walk, snuggle, pet, and play with, but they are also capable of helping seniors live longer, happier lives. When seniors are able to walk, feed, groom, and play with a critter companion, it can improve their overall sense of well-being.
As a home health care provider, you have a very demanding job. Responsible for the health and general care of another person, you will sometimes feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. At other times, you will reap the personal rewards of doing your job well. Your patients and their families will truly be overwhelmed with thanks for the important services you provide.
Most of us experience moments of forgetfulness. We might forget where we left our car keys or have trouble finding our vehicle in a crowded parking lot. Some of us forget why we walked into a room or forget what we were going to say to someone in the time it takes us to dial their phone number.
Gift giving for seniors receiving home health care can be a little tricky. On the one hand you want to give your loved one something they will love and enjoy, but on the other hand you don’t want to get them something that will just clutter up their home. Striking the perfect balance can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Consider the following gift ideas for seniors receiving home care:
Most seniors are at risk for being undernourished or malnourished. As a home health provider or family caregiver, you won’t always be able to tell when a client or loved one isn’t getting the proper nutrition. It’s easy to tell when someone is losing weight, muscle tone, and getting weaker and weaker. The real challenge is in identifying the seniors that are malnourished but otherwise seem healthy, confident, and outgoing.
Just because seniors receive home health care doesn’t mean they can’t travel. Whether you’re helping your elderly loved one plan for a week-long vacation or short weekend jaunt, it’s important to help them prepare for travel. Sometimes problems pop up while on the road. Being prepared for the worst can make your vacation plans go more smoothly.
If you are caring for an elderly relative, you know what a difficult process it can be. But, you, also, know how difficult it can be for your loved one to receive care. It’s not easy dealing with aging and illness, and it is particularly difficult to deal with a loss of independence. For seniors with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, the process of aging becomes even more complicated.
As a caregiver, your first priority and natural inclination is to be an advocate for your loved one’s physical health. Each day you make sure that your loved has everything he or she needs to be healthy. You administer medications, you help prepare meals, you help with housekeeping chores, and you make sure your loved one gets to each of his doctor’s appointments on time. It’s a lot of responsibility all on its own. However, for people who spend the majority of their lives engaged in spiritual activities, it is also important to help them find a way to stay spiritually connected. As a caregiver, there are several things you can do to nurture your elderly loved one’s spiritual needs. 1. Take them to worship. It might not always be possible to take your loved one to worship services, but getting them to their house of worship even a few times a year can go a long way in helping the elderly get a spiritual tune-up. Many churches, synagogues, and other places of worship have transportation available for elderly members. Seeing old friends and meeting with spiritual leaders can help encourage socialization and ward off depression.
It can be difficult for families to sit down and eat together. We live at a blazing pace, trying to balance the kids’ school and extracurricular activities while staying on top of our jobs and trying to find a little time to have fun. When family members also work as home health caregivers for elderly loved ones, it makes family meal preparation that much harder. But just as meal time together is important for your children, it is also important for your aging parents, grandparents and older relatives and friends.
As a home health care provider, you are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of your patient in the event of an emergency. You need a plan of action for each client in each setting from day one. If you work for an agency, you may already have systems in place to help you develop emergency plans. However, as an independent provider you will need to develop your own plans. There are several things you should consider.
When we think of family caregivers, we often think of caring for elderly loved ones as they deal with the problems of growing older. However, a significant number of family caregivers work with adults who suffer from a range of cognitive disabilities. These tips can help caregivers find the resources and strength they need to provide the best possible care for their loved ones.
Today many seniors and their families are looking for ways to keep elderly loved ones at home for as long as possible. In addition to this, many also struggle with the rising costs of home health care. Often, family members choose to provide informal care for their loved ones to prevent seniors from going to assisted care facilities.
While many families would like to remain close to their aging loved ones who need caregiving services, it is not always possible. Jobs and economic circumstances often dictate where we need to live these days. Long-distance caregiving, as a result, is getting more attention. These tips for long-distance caregivers can help you coordinate the care your aging parent or grandparent needs.
Experts say that over 80 percent of seniors take at least one prescription medication every day. Of those seniors, half also frequently use supplements and other over-the-counter meds. With so many seniors taking medications and supplements, it’s no wonder that nearly a quarter of all seniors will experience some kind of drug interaction complication.
When elderly parents are no longer able to manage daily activities on their own, the responsibility often falls to their adult children. Planning ahead can make caregiving much easier on adult children who often have families of their own to manage and a number of other responsibilities including household chores and professional careers.
It’s never too late to get exercise. Seniors receiving home health care can benefit greatly from regular exercise. Programs that include a number of different activities from aerobic training to flexibility and strength enhancement are ideal for people of all ages, but especially for seniors. Even relaxation exercises can improve a senior’s overall health.
Home health care is an increasingly popular option for seniors who can no longer manage all aspects of their personal care. For some families the best and most affordable option is to have an aging parent or grandparent move in with their children or grandchildren. In this situation, a relative is most often responsible for the daily personal care of the elderly adult.